Charles B. Mead was born in West Rutland in 1843, and died during the siege of Petersburg in 1864 age 21. In a Civil War history of his company, it was said of him that he was a young man of rare promise.
This story of his young life begins with his writing of a trip over the Green Mountains composed at age 12, and ends at age 18 with his insights and observations gathered during his brief life These were selected and edited by Angela Hinchey, a descendant of the Mead family.
In addition to the Green Mountain story there are commentaries on the Atlantic Telegraph, Faith, Skating, Courage, Thoughts, Dreams and numerous others, indicating a broad interest in the world around him.
A worthwhile and interesting collection reminding one of the losses of war.